A 6.23 earned run average indicates that it hasn't been easy for new
Nathan notched his fourth Thursday against Chicago, though he did have the comfort of a three-run lead. He walked Marcus Semien with one out, but fanned Jose Abreu. The game ended strangely on batter's interference.
The veteran closer has allowed at least one batter to reach base in seven of his eight appearances this season and has surrendered one run or more in four of them.
Scherzer recovered from yielding a second-inning home run to Adam Dunn and left with a 3-2 lead. He escaped jams in the fourth and fifth innings in which he left two on base. He gave up two runs on seven hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts. He has just seven walks and 34 strikeouts in 27 innings this season.
He will try to make it three in a row overall and two consecutive wins against the White Sox next Wednesday in Chicago.
Anna struggled at the plate when given the opportunity this season with three hits in 22 at-bats. Claiborne, however, performed well. He yielded one earned run in four innings covering two appearances.
Suter allowed just a walk through eight innings before giving up a single to lead off the ninth inning. He was immediately removed after allowing the single, but not before he threw 67 of 100 pitches for strikes.
Suter allowed one run on one hit and one walk in eight-plus innings, while striking out seven. He is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA and .134 opponents' batting average in four starts. He has 24 strikeouts to four walks issued in 25 innings.
"It's not my stuff, I'll say that," he told MLB.com about his early season success. "I don't exactly have standout stuff, but I know if I'm throwing strikes and working quickly, that's when I'm successful.
"My calling card is really my tempo. If I get going quickly, it keeps the defense on their toes, it hopefully keeps the hitters from getting comfortable. That's the way I'll be successful here."
"I've played a million games. I've been playing for a long time," he explained to MLB.com. "But you know this role here, no matter how many games you played before or where you are at, it's always a little bit of an adjustment. It still is.
"There are some things that happen just in talking to guys who have done it before, you go out and feel good. Your eyes tell you what to do and you are doing everything right and everything doesn't end up going right. That's normal ... you have to practice it."
That practice has begun to pay off for Konerko, who has four hits in his last six at-bats, including a double.
Feliz has no structural issues in the ligaments and tendons, but he will be placed on the minor-league disabled list and likely begin a throwing program later this week.
The injury is not considered serious, and Martin expects to be in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals. Martin sat out Thursday afternoon, but that's fairly typical the day after a night game.